Typhoon In-fa hit China’s east coast south of Shanghai on Sunday after people living near the sea were evacuated, airline flights and trains were canceled and the public was ordered to stay indoors.
The typhoon made landfall in Zhoushan in Zhejiang province, state TV reported, citing the national weather agency. It forecast rainfall of 10-14 inches (250-350 millimeters).
“People should not willingly go outdoors,” the bureau said.
The typhoon earlier dumped rain on Taiwan and knocked down tree branches, but no deaths or injuries were reported.
About 330,000 residents of Fengxian District on Shanghai’s southern edge were evacuated after wind speeds off shore reached 60 mph (100 kph), the newspaper China Daily reported.
Hundreds of flights at Shanghai Pudong and Shanghai Hongqiao airports were canceled and more were expected to be canceled on Monday, state TV reported. Shanghai closed parks and the riverfront Bund district, a popular tourist area.
The international airport in Hangzhou, southwest of Shanghai, also canceled flights.
Train service to Ningbo, a port city south of Shanghai, was suspended, according to state TV. The Zhoushan Bridge that connects islands near Ningbo was closed, as were schools, markets and businesses in Zhejiang province.
On Saturday, large container ships were moved from Yangshan Port in Shanghai, one of the world’s busiest shipping centers. State TV said a ship lock in Nantong, which abuts Shanghai to the north, stopped releasing vessels into the Yangtze River.
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Between 250mm and 360mm (10-14 inches) of rain was expected to fall in Zhejiang and Anhui provinces on Sunday and Monday.
“[Satellite images] of Typhoon In-fa showed that the parts that have made landfall were starting to weaken due to friction over land, the eye of the storm was not as clear as yesterday,” the NMC said on social media platform Weibo on Sunday.
“However, as In-fa is expected to stay for an extended period in eastern China, Jiangsu and Zhejiang provinces and Shanghai need to remain vigilant for strong winds and rain.”
The combined effects of Typhoon In-fa and an area of high pressure in the Pacific have already generated intense rain that caused last week’s deadly floods in Henan, which affected more than 11.4 million people.
Meanwhile, Zhejiang province raised a red alert for flooding for close to 30 cities and counties, according to the provincial government’s Weibo account.
Ahead of the typhoon’s arrival, social media users in Zhejiang posted photos and videos showing trees being blown over by strong winds and the Yao River overflowing its banks.
Henan Communist Party secretary Lou Yangsheng said on Saturday the province remained on high alert and was preparing for In-fa and further heavy rain, Henan Daily reported.
Lou also said the authorities were carrying out thorough checks of the province’s emergency response system.